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Longtime Pierce College tennis coach Xanthos dies

6/14/2006 - Tennis

LOS ANGELES -- Paul Xanthos, who coached tennis at Pierce
College for three decades and won 23 conference championships, died
at 85.

He took a nap Monday and apparently died in his sleep, son Paul
Jr. said.

Xanthos began coaching at Pierce in 1965 and retired in 1993. He
came back to coach in 1999 and returned again in 2005. His teams at
the junior college in suburban Woodland Hills had a 550-94 record.

"Paul really was an institution at Pierce and created
essentially a dynasty of successful tennis teams," Pierce College
president Robert Garber said. "It's a loss to his family, a loss
for the college, and a loss for the community to have somebody who
dedicated so much of his life to helping others."

Xanthos, who wrote several books and articles about his sport,
was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994
and the U.S. Professional Tennis Hall of Fame five years later.